Author Biography

Carolyne Abdullah is Director of Community Assistance at Everyday Democracy. Christopher F. Karpowitz is Associate Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at Brigham Young University. Chad Raphael is Professor of Communication at Santa Clara University. Abdullah, Karpowitz, and Raphael served as guest editors for the special issue.


This article introduces the special issue focused on equality and equity in deliberative democracy. The essay proposes some initial working definitions of equity and equality and offers reasons why scholars and practitioners should attend to both. We outline the basic structure of the issue's three sections and preview the contributors’ articles, with special attention to the opportunities and the challenges of achieving equality and equity within the deliberative system.